Eroica Britannia x Goodwood Revival 2021

I was lucky to be one of around 100 who managed to get a free 3 day pass for the inaugural Eroica Britannia x Goodwood Revival event back in September , 2021.

My good friend , cycling journo (Rouleur) and bike technician extraordinaire Rohan Dubash (a.k.a. Dr D) was also there , and it was good to ride with him. I took my ’85 Colnago Nuovo Mexico, and wore the S.I.R.C.C. maglia rosa jersey I made in collaboration with 3M Caverni, Firenze.

The U.K. organiser , Tim and head of social media, David, asked me if I’d like to join them on a recon ride on Saturday, of course I said yes. We were filmed for the events social media outlets…

https://fb.watch/bzCDzLTsG3/

https://www.goodwood.com/cycling/eroica-britannia/about-eroica/?fbclid=IwAR3hlwaYUuzmKbToNTtr1YX9oxojbAYOx6EvvDaeMX6gLGIaLf5IYAA4ViI

My mate Rohan and I also made the Goodwood page..

https://www.goodwood.com/cycling/eroica-britannia/

Tim made a wise choice partnering with Goodwood. The brand has a strong ‘mend and make do’ ethos, embracing sustainability.

Tante Auguri Anni 90 Sr Ernesto Colnago

Wednesday was Sr Ernesto Colnago’s 90 th birthday.

Our friends at Colnago asked Sr Colnago’s friends to send in a video , I was fortunate to be 4th in their video wishing him well. Here’s to many more birthdays, bikes and wins from the King of pro cycling…

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SIRCC Maglia Rosa

I was lucky and got to attend the inaugural Eroica Britannia x Goodwood Revival ride , and be in the Cycling Weekly social video . Looking forward to next year , 2022!

saarf.london x Santini

I recently collaborated with legendary Italian cycling apparel brand Santini .

I designed two jerseys and a set of bib shorts for the Steel Is Real cycling community on social media . The brand is SIRCC , inspired by the legendary SCIC Italian cycling team , and the Maglia Rosa , in honour of the Giro Italia .

SIRCC x Santini Maglia Rosa Karma Evo Jersey
SIRCC x Santini Two Tone Karma Evo Jersey
SIRCC x Santini Karma Evo bib shorts

Two other ‘ Warriors ‘ inspired jerseys are also available

Pre order only , once minimum amounts fulfilled , jerseys are custom made in Italy by Santini in 6-8 weeks . Karma Evo Jersey details here ;

KARMA EVO Jersey

Bib shorts ;

KARMA EVO BIB-SHORTS

Size charts here ;

Men

https://www.santinicycling.com/en/content/fit-guide-man-47

Women

https://www.santinicycling.com/en/content/fit-guide-woman-48

World wide shipping available , VAT @ Italian rate of 22% included in price

Order via platform here

https://sircc.bigcartel.com/

Colnago Tecnos 1996

Finally managed to get one of these , with the help of my friend , legendary Colnago collector and enthusiast , from Eindhoven , Mr Maurice Wiels , man , owe him a tall beer or too for helping a brother out .

The frame is in the iridescent purple/pink and metallic grey , with hints of blue and green .

I have read in a number of places and been told by fellow owners it was the lightest steel frame Colnago made , with an advisory rider weight limit of 80kg .

Came with a mixed Shimano group , the wheels are Mavic SUP ceramic rims on Dura Ace 7700 hubs , so I will keep them and change the other parts to suit .

Ally Capellino X Saarf

I had the amazing good fortune to have been able to meet Legendary London bag designer Ally Capellino back in 2017 when I was a bicycle courier .

I arrived at her Shoreditch shop and atelier , with a delivery for her , and gave it directly to her.

A very nice Lady , who generously gave me time for a chat .

I said I had been to her Soho shop back in the late ‘80’s / early ‘90’s , bought a jersey top and admired her fine bags . We spoke about her doing some stylish bike bags , as I felt they would be brilliant , given her attention to detail and use of high quality materials in manufacture .

I said I had a few creative projects I’m trying to get off the ground , and we kept in contact on social media .

Fast forward to this year , and Ally dropped me a line , saying she has another cycle orientated bag range , and would I like one to test.

Naturally , I said yes , and a few days later , the wonderful Pendle unisex shoulder bag arrived ….

The Ally Capellino Pendle shoulder bag

Made with a waterproof Cordura outter , it is robust enough to use daily as a commuter / town bag .

I can fit a D Lock , water bottle , keys , wallet and energy snacks in with ample room ….

The bag has a zipped front pocket with seals , a rear with velcro fastening , a zipped inner pocket and a mesh wall with two pockets . The interior material is rip stop , which is great as it stops any unforeseen tears spreading .

The shoulder strap is made from Duck Cotton , so is soft and non abrasive against thinner material jerseys or skin , and splits in two with a robust clasp

The strap is attached at a 45 degree angle on the bag , so has a pretty much ergonomic fit to the torso .

Ally has named each bag in the Travel and Cycle range after cyclists significant to her. The unisex Pendle shoulder bag is named after British Olympic Hero , Victoria Pendleton .

Ally Capellino has very , very generously given you lucky readers a chance to win your very own Pendle bag , click the link below and enter .

Move as quickly as Victoria , as the competition closes on July 5th.

https://www.allycapellino.co.uk/pages/competition-ally-capellino-x-julian-saarf

In the Travel and Cycle collection is a fabulous ‘tote’ bag , the Saarf , one can only imagine what this Saarf character is like ….

Cycle Bags

Tommasini Monte Amiata Mountain Bike

 

As I said in an earlier post , last year I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the Tommasini bicycle factory , in Grosseto , Tuscany , Italy .

While I was being given a tour of the premises by Don Irio Tommasini’s daughter Barbara , I saw a beautiful mint condition Monte Amiata Mountain Bike , with original Shimano Deore XT group…

A Columbus Cromor OR frame , with Tommasini cut out lug work . It is like museum condition .

 

I had been thinking about it for some time , almost a year , then , Don Irio allowed me to buy it , and I imported it to London …

 

saarf.london on tour , Eroica Gaiole 2019

I managed to attend this years Eroica Gaiole , thanks to the hospitality of my Danish friend Claus ( aka Velo Claus ) , founder of Team Patelli Denmark and a sponsor of Eroica South Africa .

I arrived late on Friday , after being foolish enough to miss time my leaving home for the airport , but all was good in the end

The Saturday was spent catching up with friends and meeting Legends .

I caught up with Srs Aldo and Marco Gios on their stall with my good friend Dave , who just had an exact replica of Roger De Vlaminck’s own Gios , painstakingly hand made by Mr Aldo Gios himself , the Gios family still take commissions for bespoke frames …

Dave told that Mr De Vlaminck cut the ends off his Campagnolo pedals to get the tension he wanted with feet in the cages …

Mr Davide Campagnolo was present , with his family brand , Campagnolo sponsor Eroica ..

I had a wander around the worlds greatest vintage bike market and went to see my well regarded friend , one of the most established vintage traders Beppe on his stall .

Beppe is a well connected man , who knows many of the Italians involved in the industry from past to present , and whilst at his stall , I had the honour of meeting the man who made the mythical Cinelli Laser bikes , Mr Andrea Pesenti .

The Legend arrived with his own bike , and very kindly gave me a few minutes to talk about it ….

Staggering piece of work , best bike of the festival for me , fillet brazed , under bb rear brake calliper mount , internal cable routing , integrated seat post , and aero tubes .

I walked back into the main square area and then had the good fortune to bump into Mr Federico Stanzani , with whom I have become friends after he told me ride this Cinelli Laser Tandem through Gaiole in 2016

Federico is the Columbus brand manager ,

And he said Mr Antonio Colombo himself , owner of the brands Columbus and Cinelli , was at the festival for the promotion of the centenary edition Columbus Steel tube set. I had actually met Mr Colombo in his Milano art gallery back in 2016…

I left Federico and was wandering around again when I walked straight into Mr Antonio Colombo … I was stunned when he said he remembered me …

Was really good to talk with him and his partner , who is instrumental in design for the Cinelli Winged store . I said I had seen Mr Pesenti earlier , to get a photo of the two of them with the Laser bike would have been pretty much historical .

My friend Simone won a prize for the Masi he built , he told me he took a month and a half to finish it , hand made bike usually take a week .

Simone is the youngest artisan bicycle builder in Italy currently , with a fascinating narrative .

When he was 10 he knew he wanted to build bike frames , so knocked on the door of the late , great legend Dario Pegoretti , who told him to watch him weld .

Simone is now Masi frame builder , working with Mr Alberto Masi at the atelier in Milano , Simone actually works at the late Mario Confente’s bench , and honours him in his work by implementing the Spade symbol .

Here is a Masi Stradivari , hand made by Simone and owned by a Japanese rider , shots taken on the ride , when the Gent’s chain had snapped ..

Some of the other gems seen…

Sunday was ride day …

With blessings from legend , friend and Eroica Global Man Amedeo at the start , we were off to a good ride …

Our group included Iron Man contestant Jean and Jens , a Team Molteni Denmark founder member .

Patelli is an old established artisan frame builders from Bologna , Claus had an aero model

And Jean had an earlier model , also equipped with Cambio Rina…

Vastly underrated , Cambio Rina was practically the best performing Italian gruppo of it’s era .

I rode a 1985 Colnago Nuovo Mexico , with a 1st gen Campagnolo Rally triple crankset , a 2nd gen Rally rear mech , and the rest 2nd gen Super Record

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As I was riding later I managed to face plant , not paying attention to riding , ( easy to be distracted by the beauty around ) , but still finished

with another flash of genius , I managed to get to the airport too late and missed another flight , so stayed in Pisa then flew the next day .

Another magical Eroica , the brand has spread it’s wings world wide , looking forward to many more ..,